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Paf named Sweden’s most sustainable gaming company

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The Åland gaming company Paf has been named Sweden’s most responsible gaming company. Paf won the prize in the Sustainability category at the Swedish Gambling Awards. Paf Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson was also the winner in the Leadership category.

From 40 submissions 11 finalists were selected in three award categories at the Swedish Gambling Awards. Paf won the award in the Sustainability category and Paf’s Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson won the award in the Leadership category.

“We are particularly happy to win the Sustainability award. It is proof that Paf is the industry leader in both gaming and social responsibility. Once again this year we have taken major steps to improve our focus on gaming responsibility and our reduced loss limit combined with our openness is something that has made the jury stand up and take notice,” says Paf’s Paf’s Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson.

An independent jury consisting of seven people with long experience and knowledge from sustainability, gaming responsibility, marketing and leadership selected all finalists and winners.

“We received a lot of very interesting entries this year and it was a long jury process. The winners have looked at some serious issues, listened to their customers and the market and found good solutions,” says Thomas Nilsson, chairman of the Swedish Gambling Award as reported in Sper’s press release.

The jury’s motivation for choosing the winner in the sustainability category reads:
“A sustainable gaming industry requires transparency, openness and honesty. Many people say they work to combat gambling addiction, but few dare to show what it actually looks like in real numbers, let alone deny themselves the revenue that others say yes to. Paf is leading the way – and for that they absolutely deserve to win this year’s award in the category.”

On 1 September 2018 Paf became the first international gaming company to introduce a maximum limit to control how much a customer can lose in one year, a yearly loss limit of EUR 30,000 (SEK 300,000). In 2019 Paf chose to openly publish the numbers of its customer playing segments and on 1 January 2020 the loss limit was further reduced to EUR 25,000 (SEK 250,000). Due to this yearly limit, Paf can promise that the company completely stopped big players from playing at Paf’s online games in 2020.

Daniela Johansson wins the Leadership category

Daniela Johansson also won the award in the Leadership category, for her focus on making the gaming industry more sustainable.

The jury’s motivation for choosing the winner in the leadership category reads:
“Daniela Johansson is a very positive role model and has shown responsible leadership in aiming for more sustainable development in the gaming industry. She has dared to make uncomfortable decisions that promote transparency and openness and she has challenged the entire industry in a positive way. She has, in an exemplary way, stood behind her decisions and advocated a sustainable approach, transparency and openness.”

“I am very happy to win the prize and I feel humbled when I read the jury’s motivation. I would also like to say that many people at Paf have worked to improve our gaming responsibility. So I see the prize as further proof that we are making actions that are based on solid foundations and that are fundamentally good,” says Daniela Johansson.

Paf was named the Swedish gambling industry’s Most Sustainable Gaming Company at the Swedish Gambling Awards, which is arranged by the gaming industry’s national organisation SPER.

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Team Vitality Launches in India

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Team Vitality, the leading esports teams in Europe, today officially announces the launch of its India operations. The expansion sees Team Vitality plant roots in Mumbai, and partner with some of the biggest content creators in India, including YouTube sensation Nischay Malhan. The organisation first raised the prospect of a significant presence in India earlier this year, and launched its Indian social media last month. Today marks the reveal of Team Vitality’s first plans for the expansion, as it furthers its commitment to the growth of esports and gaming in the region.

Team Vitality’s immediate focus is on building its local presence and community in order to establish a deeper connection with its fans in India. Team Vitality has partnered with gaming content creators Nischay Malhan, Rachit Yadav, Nitin Chougale and Saloni Kandalgaonkar whose respective YouTube channels i.e. Live Insaan, Rachitroo, Classified YT, and Mili kya Mili, have a combined following of 1 crore (10 million). The content creators will host a variety of engaging events and contests across their social media channels, as well as on Team Vitality India’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Following Team Vitality’s first move into the Indian gaming space, the organisation is committed to creating a purely competitive branch in 2021, with the ambition of becoming the best esports organization in the region. Further details on the competitive expansion will be revealed soon, following the initial launch which will see the team build a robust foundation and community in India.

Headquartered in Paris, France, Team Vitality is home to eight top performing teams across nine games, and over 50 athletes from 13 nationalities. With its presence in India, Team Vitality is poised to help the country’s gaming enthusiasts unlock their competitive potential. Team Vitality’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CG:GO) roster recently took the No.1 position in HLTV World rankings, establishing themselves as the best team in the world. The organisation is one of only ten teams in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) franchise and reached the World Championship in 2018, and its Rocket League team won the 2019 World Championship. In addition, Team Vitality is partnered with mainstream brands across an array of industries such as Red Bull, Corsair, adidas, Renault, etc.

CEO of Team Vitality, Nicolas Maurer, speaking on the occasion said, “Team Vitality constantly strives to build winning teams on the international stage. Our entry into India is a big milestone for us and part of our endeavour to conquer the world of esports. Our mission here is to not just build professional teams but to also make ourselves the most aspirational esports brand in the country. We’re very keen to engage with our fans in India via our content creators before competing in the biggest local tournaments with our incoming professional teams.”

Amit Jain, Principal of the Rewired.gg, venture fund that has invested €34 into Team Vitality, commented, “We believe that esports is one of the world’s fastest growing industries today with India having a huge untapped base of gaming talent just waiting to be discovered. The continuous success of Team Vitality promises a huge opportunity for growth in this market. We are well on our way to building one of the world’s first billion-dollar esports teams.”

Randall Fernandez, General Manager, Team Vitality India, commented, “This is an interesting time to enter India and the arrival of Team Vitality is welcomed with great optimism and excitement. With professional esports significantly picking up in India, our approach will include finding new talent at a grassroots level and offering them the opportunity to join Team Vitality. We will then focus on bringing their performance up to the standard of our global esports athletes, not least at our world-class V.Hive HQ in Paris and our resident training facilities at the Stade de France.  Expect to see new Indian esports stars winning tournaments as part of Team Vitality very soon.”

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Stefan Lundborg leaves the Board of Directors at Kindred Group

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Stefan Lundborg has informed Kindred Group that he will resign from his role as non-executive Director at Kindred Group with immediate effect.

Kindred Group’s non-executive Director Stefan Lundborg has informed the company that he will resign from his role as non-executive Director at Kindred Group with immediate effect. The resignation is related to Stefan Lundborg being investigated for insider crime by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority (SECA). Kindred does not have further information at this time and is fully cooperating with the Public Prosecutor and the SECA in their investigations.

“The resignation of Stefan Lundborg was unavoidable considering the investigation against him by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority. The Board would like to emphasize that no other representatives of the company have been served any suspicion of misconduct and neither is the company itself under any suspicion”, comments Anders Ström, Chairman of the Board at Kindred Group.

Additional information will be provided to the market when required, however no further comments will be given as long as the investigation is ongoing.

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LEGO®DUPLO® WORLD joins AppGallery to bring iconic learn and play experiences to millions of Huawei users

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Huawei, the leading global technology company, is delighted to announce the launch of LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD on AppGallery. LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD is a multi-award-winning app with over 13 million downloads globally. Within the EduTech and Pre-school segment, it’s popular with both children and parents alike and is an excellent example of how to tie learning and fun together.

LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD is developed by StoryToys, a subsidiary of Touch Press, to be fun, spark curiosity and support children’s development through creative play such as construction (building), exploration (discovery) and role-play (storytelling) using 3D LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.

Huawei is excited to help to bring this iconic title and world to AppGallery, strengthening an already healthy foundation of kids apps. LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD brings something truly unique and thrilling to help children explore, learn and develop. It also helps create family moments that last forever.

LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD is available on AppGallery today. The app is launching in over twenty languages. It is free to download and has additional content available to purchase.

Huawei AppGallery and StoryToys are looking forward to seeing you all have fun, build, learn and make memories.

 

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